Am I the only one thinking that some people seem to have 34 hours a day instead of the standard 24 given how much they get done and wondering what their secret is? Well, perhaps there is none. What if they just know how to plan and organize, creating more time in the day – maybe they’re time management ninjas!
It’s not as hard as you might think, creating more time for yourself and be more efficient at work, for example, opening up hours and whole days that you can spend however you’d like – all aboard the fun wagon!
To save time, you probably only need to slightly adjust your daily routines and perhaps create some new ones; it’s rather simple, and we’ll show you how it’s done!
Pro Tip: Use apps. Whether you need a calendar, help to get up in the morning, or want to keep track of what’s up, there’s an app for that.
Planning is the very backbone of being in charge of your own time and not letting it run free and do whatever it pleases. It really is. Try getting one single calendar for everything, and you’ll never have to double-check your emails again!
Time blocking is what it sounds like: you divide your time into blocks, consequently scheduling your whole day. You can do large blocks with fuzzy lines or small and precise ones – either way, you’ll get everything on your to-do list done! Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work straight away; just play around with it until you get there!
There are services for everything these days. You can have your house cleaned, your dog walked, and your car washed – not to mention that you can get pretty much anything delivered to your doorstep! We’re thinking about food specifically, and not takeout: have your groceries sent to you! Oh, and why not get your own personal or virtual assistant who can keep things in check!
This might seem quite obvious, but many of us don’t pay much attention to it! Basically, you group similar tasks and do them at the same time: don’t check your emails throughout the day, put aside some time to reply to them all. Errands? Perhaps you can return that ladder or go to the gym at the same time, while you’re at it!
Being healthy is crucial for most things in our lives; if you feel better, you’ll do better! It’s not rocket science. In fact, it’s quite simple once you get the hang of it – and oh-so-beneficial!
You knew it was coming. We knew it was coming. Hell, the fictional hermit who only talks to mountain goats knew it was coming: get good nutrients and some exercise! It’s easy. You don’t even have to go on a diet, just eat your veg and everything else in moderation! And a great way to save some time is to do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) – it’s all about getting that extra energy boost!
Sleeping well is incredibly important to stay happy and healthy. No sleep will mess up your hormones, meaning that amongst other things you can’t eat as much sugar without risking diabetes. Yes, really. The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your sleep, such as no caffeine in the evening, making sure your bedroom is dark, and eliminate blue light from your screen once darkness falls. Oh, and exposure to light in the morning will make you sleepier at night!
Then either rehabilitate them or have them locked up forever. That is, change them so that they work with rather than against you, or get rid of them all together! Do some monitoring. Write things down. Use an app. You’ll see a pattern in no time.
Once you’ve realized that it actually takes you 20 minutes to get into the shower because you fiddle around with your hair instead of just grabbing your towel and go get clean, you can stop! Or at least try to. Being aware is the first and most significant step, and will allow you to make adjustments!
And screen time in general. Becomes best friends with the airplane mode, try off the grid apps, or get rid of your profiles completely. Say bye to Facebook, cancel your Netflix account, wave sayonara to Twitter and Insta. Or you could schedule a time for using them; whatever works for you! It might be a good idea to go through your phone as well and delete games that steal your precious time (except for Yatzy, there’s always time for Yatzy).
Organize and plan everything. Check your routines and see if they can be done quicker (perhaps you don’t have to curl your hair every day?). Make a meal plan and cook in bulk, put your clothes out the night before, perfect any housework you do regularly. Also, don’t forget to have fun while doing it!
If you learn how to direct all your attention to your task at hand, you’ll do a much quicker and better job than if you’re simultaneously trying to respond to emails and feed the cat. That’s just how it works. Also, focus on what’s the most important: why spend time and energy on perfecting something that doesn’t matter that much anyway, when you can get the big stuff done and then relax? That’s right; there’s no reason to do that!
No one can stay fully focused for a whole day – and sometimes not even for an entire hour. That’s also how it works. By giving your mind and body a break to relax and recover from the effort that concentrating is, you’ll save time in the long run. You’ll also get the chance to smell the rain, have an ice cream or plan all the fun you’ll have when you’re done!
Let’s say you’re meeting a friend for a coffee but you want to find some time for a walk in your already bursting schedule, how do you sort that out? By walking while having that coffee, of course! If things can be combined, then combine them! In the same spirit, make the most of time spent waiting: organize those socks when you’re on hold, reply to an email while in the line at the bank – I’ve even seen a man do some tai chi on a train platform! Be creative. And don’t forget to take those breaks.
Instead of scrolling some more on the big web, have a think about what you’ve done today that wasn’t that rewarding, or completely unnecessary. Maybe you got sucked in by a Reddit post or had to pop to the shop for toilet paper even though you did your weekly shop yesterday – whatever it is, you’ll have a new opportunity to change that tomorrow!